The state Department of Fish and Game is requesting public help in finding a deer poacher who has killed four large bucks during the past three weeks. Three of the bucks were shot within city limits, making this a very dangerous situation.
"These poachers have shown total disregard for public safety by shooting deadly weapons in residential areas and within the city limits," Nick Buckler, a DFG warden from Lassen County, said in a news release. "Almost as disturbing is the lack of respect for Lassen County’s wildlife, especially our famous trophy bucks."
All of the bucks, the news release states, were shot within 50 yards of houses. They were shot with either bows or crossbows and left for dead. The most recent was Monday in the area of North Gilman Street in Susanville.
Susanville residents with information that could help identify the poachers are asked to call the DFG's CalTip hotline at (888) 334-2258. Callers can remain anonymous and information leading to the arrest and conviction of the poacher or poachers is eligible for a reward up to $1,000, plus another $250 reward donated by the Susanville Chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation.
For more information, see the DFG news release.